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How the Virginia child custody courts make decisions

On Behalf of | Feb 16, 2021 | Child Custody |

If you are going through a divorce or separation as a parent, it is likely that you will need to arrange how the custody of your children will be split. It is possible for you and your ex to sit down together and settle on an arrangement. However, many people opt to go through the formalities of the child custody courts so that they have certainty and so that the best possible decision is made on behalf of their child.

Before you go through the process of petitioning for custody of your child, it is important that you understand exactly how the process works. The following is an overview of how the child custody courts in Virginia make decisions regarding custody.

Non-custodial parents are usually entitled to visitation

Even if one parent does not have custody of their child, they are usually entitled to visitation. The only reason why they would be denied visitation is if they are thought to pose a risk to the child, for example, if they have a history of child abuse.

The courts always consider the child’s best interests

When determining how custody should be awarded, the Virginia child custody courts consider the best interests of the child when making their decision. This means that they consider the age of the child, the relationship that they have with their parents and siblings, and how sensitive they are to change. In circumstances where the child is considered mature enough, the child can express their own wishes before the courts.

Can grandparents gain visitation?

In some situations, especially after a divorce, the grandparents of a child may believe that they are not able to have a relationship with the grandchild. In this case, it is possible for them to file for visitation rights in Virginia.

If you are going through a divorce in Virginia, make sure that you have an understanding of child custody courts and that you take action to get the outcome that you deserve.